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Wizards to open '09 season at home vs. TFC

Major League Soccer announced Tuesday MLS "First Kick" 2009, Week 1 of the League's 14th regular season. The Kansas City Wizards will start the season with a home match against Toronto FC on Saturday, March 21, 2009. The game will kick off at Kansas City's new start time, 7:30 p.m. CT, at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Season ticket packages are now available by calling the Wizards ticket office at (913) 387-3400. Group packages for groups of 15 or more are also available for the home opener. Single-game tickets will go on sale at a later date.

The home opener for each MLS club is included below. Games could be added to Weeks 2 and 3 by MLS at a later date. Major League Soccer's complete 2009 schedule, including local and national broadcast details, will be announced by early February 2009.

Kansas City finished the 2008 regular season with a 9-2-4 home record, good for the 3rd best mark in MLS. The Wizards defeated D.C. United 2-0 on March 29, 2008 in their first-ever match at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The stadium quickly became known for its loud atmosphere and distinct home-field advantage for the Wizards, as the team closed with a 7-0-3 mark in its last 10 regular-season home games.

Last month, Kansas City announced that the team would lower season ticket prices from their 2008 rates. The Wizards will also continue to offer free parking at all events and introduced two exciting new seating options: All-You-Can-Eat Seats and Full-Service Terrace Table Seats. All-You-Can-Eat Seats will be located in section 106 and allow patrons unlimited food and drink during the game. Full-Service Terrace Tables are high-tops around the stadium and will include unlimited drinks during each match. Wizards fans who put down a new season ticket deposit for the 2009 season will receive a free season ticket holder scarf. For more on 2009 ticket information, visit the Kansas City Wizards Ticket Center.

In 2009, the Wizards will continue to offer a free bus to groups of 50 from within the Kansas City metro area. Contact a Wizards sales rep at (913) 387-3400 for more information about bringing your group outing to a Kansas City Wizards match via bus. Alcohol, excluding kegs, is allowed on buses to the stadium.

(Game dates, times and venues are subject to change. All times central)

REGULAR SEASON - WEEK 1 (FIRST KICK)

Thursday, March 19, 2009
New York Red Bulls at Seattle Sounders FC, 8 p.m. (ESPN2/Deportes)

Saturday, March 21, 2009
Columbus Crew at Houston Dynamo, 7 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Sports en Espanol)
Chicago Fire at FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto FC at Kansas City Wizards, 7:30 p.m.
Colorado Rapids at Chivas USA, 9:30 pm (Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Sports en Espanol)
New England Revolution at San Jose Earthquakes, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 22, 2009
D.C. United at Los Angeles Galaxy, 2 p.m. (TeleFutura)

REGULAR SEASON - WEEK 2

Saturday, March 28, 2008
Toronto FC at Columbus Crew, 3 p.m.
San Jose Earthquakes at D.C. United, 6:30 p.m.
New England Revolution at New York Red Bulls, 6:30 p.m.
Kansas City Wizards at Colorado Rapids, 8:30 p.m.

REGULAR SEASON - WEEK 3

Thursday, April 2, 2009
Columbus Crew at Real Salt Lake, 8 p.m. (ESPN2/Deportes)

Saturday, April 4, 2009
Seattle Sounders FC at Toronto FC, 2 p.m.
FC Dallas at New England Revolution, TBD

Sunday, April 5, 2009
New York Red Bulls at Chicago Fire, 2 p.m. (TeleFutura)


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